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Weekend Fire Signals the Onset of a Dangerous Season

Weekend Fire Signals the Onset of a Dangerous Season

Editor, The Silverado Fire in Orange County should serve as a reminder of things to come. A weak high-pressure system had driven temperatures up and humidity levels down, which are indicators fall is upon us. This fire grew from hundreds of acres to over a thousand in a very short amount of time. Fortunately we […]

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Measuring Candidates on Fire Safety, Housing the Homeless

Measuring Candidates on Fire Safety, Housing the Homeless

Editor:  When evaluating the candidates for the council election this fall we need to pay particular attention to their positions on preventing a fire like the one that burned about 350 homes in Laguna Beach in 1993. That was a real disaster and we seem to be on a path to repeat it. The fire was […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

Editor, This summer has been unusual. The thousands who lovingly watched the Poncho Sanchez concert the last day at the Festival of Arts. Free admission at the Art A Fair the last two days and Jheri St James and the belly dancers celebrating at the Sawdust Festival. Fantastic eight and 10-second waves at one of […]

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Anti-Smoking Efforts Provide Some Assurance

Anti-Smoking Efforts Provide Some Assurance

Editor: As we enter an even dryer than normal fall and winter, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who pressed for increased fines for smoking near Alta Laguna Park, and the surrounding open space. At the top of the list of those to thank is councilperson Toni Iseman, for […]

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 Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The steep and winding dirt footpath that joins a paved fire road between the two hilltop communities of Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights may soon be easier to maneuver for school children, moms with babies in strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The trailhead at Top […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Big Boomer It was a bad day at the office. Well, his moving office to be exact. I read with interest the Indy article, “Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” My eyes aren’t so good and I thought I read, “Crantz Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” Imagine my relief when my wife hit me upside the head, […]

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A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

Editor, Our family has had our family home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 a.m. in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought earthquake, until we heard cussing and screaming. My son answered the door […]

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Police Chief To Retire

Police Chief To Retire

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy   Police Chief Paul Workman, 60, retires this month after five years in the department’s top job and a 38-year police career devoted solely to Laguna Beach. “As a young man, I could have never imagined that I would have had the opportunities that Laguna Beach provided me,” said […]

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Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Editor, My apologies, I must have missed the memo. I wasn’t running late. I guess I was enjoying the view. Perhaps I was also admiring my neighbors’ garden. Even so, if that was you behind me, it was the posted speed limit we were traveling at. Then there was my recent afternoon constitutional. I was […]

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Rooftop Bar Still on Ice

Rooftop Bar Still on Ice

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Local resident Sam Goldstein will require more patience to learn if his petition for a rooftop deck on the Heisler Building can proceed. Last week, the Planning Commission put off resolving the matter, granting a continuance until Sept. 10, rather than deny the request entirely as recommended by […]

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Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

(This letter also went to city, park and Coastal Commission officials.) Editor, Mr. Fried (La Vida Laguna) has been using this beach for years as product extension, as a promotional marketing tool to expand a private, for profit venture. Just as the snack concessionaire several years ago went through re-visiting regarding a few chairs and […]

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Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Editor, I am responding to Mr. Butow’s critique of the “Full Moon Drum Circle” via a July 15 email that you all received. I have participated in the drum circle since 2007. I have rarely missed a month. I have been a resident of Orange County for 25 years and have had an active law […]

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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen police personnel, two rangers and a fire department […]

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Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Editor, After reading recent articles in the Independent, I am deeply saddened to learn that the project we locals have always referred to as Ben Brown’s (now The Ranch) has been halted due to a last minute appeal to the Coastal Commission by a local resident. According to the article, the reasons for his appeal […]

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Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Laying Out Ranch Plans First and foremost, I’d like to thank the people of Laguna for their overwhelming support of our restoration here at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Aliso Creek/Ben Browns). Inevitably, while complementing what we’re doing, they offer to help support our efforts and set the record straight on what is (and isn’t) […]